The Parsons Happenings

September 17, 2021

In this edition...

Parsons Teacher of the Year

Congratulations PTA

Pie in the Face Highlights

Hispanic Heritage Month

CogAT Information

2022-2023 Calendar Options & Feedback

Coffee and Conversation with Administration

It's More Than Meals application

Student Council Representatives

Afternoon Transportation

Student Check Out

New Music Club info

Autism Walk 2021

Schoolwide Reading Program

Masks are Required

GCPS is Hiring Bus Drivers

Parsons on Social Media

Calendar of Events

PTA Happenings

Business Partners

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Congratulations to Mrs. Sheri Phillips for being named Parsons Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Phillips is a Speech Language Pathologist at Parsons and she brings the gift of love and language to our PreK students.

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Congratulations to Parsons PTA for being recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence for 2020-2021! Thank you for all you do for our students, school, and community! Our PTA is the BEST!

12 lucky students got to PIE their teacher or administrator in the face on Thursday for donating $500 to our PTA fundraiser. As the classes chanted, "Pie in the Face", the pies were thrown. It was such a fun day filled with laughter! Thank you to everyone for making our fundraiser so successful!

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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

At Parsons, we celebrate the diversity of our students. 14% of our students are Hispanic and are bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English. As a school community, we play an important role in helping students understand the importance of respect for other cultures, including language and other cultural markers. By nurturing an awareness of other cultural beliefs and customs, we cultivate a learning environment of respect. We truly are #STRONGERTOGETHER and this month it is with great honor that we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage as a school community.

CogAT Testing is next week!

CogAT Testing for 1st, 2nd and 5th graders will be next week. All three grade levels will test on Tuesday, September 21st. 1st and 2nd grades will continue testing on Wednesday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 23rd. All students need to arrive to school on time as testing will begin at 9:00 AM. Please look for a letter in your student's Friday Folder for more details.

GCPS Calendar Options for 2022-2023

Calendar Options Feedback

GCPS would like your feedback on the 2022-2023 Calendar Options. Please review the three options above and provide your feedback using the link below.
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It’s More Than Meals…Complete meal application by Oct. 21 for added benefits

While breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge for all GCPS in-person and digital students this school year, it still pays to complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application. Confirmed eligibility establishes a number of benefits for individual students such as free or discounted college-admissions tests, AP exams, college applications, scholarship opportunities, and no- and low-cost access to technology and internet plans. In addition, the percentages of qualifying students at a school are used as a measure to secure additional federal funding (Title I) to support students and their education, promote family engagement, and provide additional technology and internet access. Title I funds pay for additional teachers, Parent Centers, additional learning opportunities for students, extra resources, added technology, and more. Click the link below or use the QR code to access the application.

Student Council Representatives

This year, 48 applications were received for 10 Student Council spots. We are excited to announce this year's representatives for the 4th and 5th grades and look forward to seeing all the ways they will contribute to our school community!

Youjune -- Mr. Asztalos' Class

Logan -- Mrs. Bell's Class

Prowess -- Mrs. Lawson's Class

McKinsey -- Mrs. Melts' Class

Jackson -- Mrs. Piper's Class

Ayn -- Mr. Yi's Class

Isaac -- Mrs. Davis' Class

Elisha -- Mrs. Patterson's Class

Shreyah -- Mrs. Rogers' Class

Archan -- Mrs. Vickers' Class

Afternoon Transportation

All transportation changes must be made in writing. Whenever you need to make a change to your child's afternoon transportation plan, please complete an Afternoon Transportation Change Form in the front office no later than 12:00 PM the day of the change. We will utilize this form to create the appropriate afternoon transportation pass. Please remember the GCPS Bus Rule: no passes will be issued for play dates, birthdays, weekend sleepovers, etc. For security reasons, we DO NOT accept transportation changes through phone calls or emails.

Student Check Out

Anyone checking out a child must present photo identification and be listed in our system as someone able to have access to the student. If you need to make changes to your list of approved emergency contacts, you may make changes on the Parent Portal or stop by the office to update this information. As a reminder, students may NOT be checked out after 3:00 PM. For assistance in updating contact information on the parent portal, please visit

New Music Club info

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Attention 5th graders! I am so excited to share a NEW music club coming to Parsons this year. This club is called Orff Ensemble. Orff is a teaching model where students will explore music through playful experiences and have the opportunity to create their own music. We will be using a variety of percussion instruments, especially xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels.

*I have extended the sign-up deadline to Monday, September 20th. There are 17 spots left in 5th Grade Orff Ensemble. 4th Grade Orff Ensemble is full so there are no more spots left for that grade level. We will have another opportunity to sign up for Orff Ensemble in February.

5th Grade Orff Ensemble will meet on Thursdays from 12:15-12:45 during recess starting on September 23rd.

If you are interested in joining, please fill out the digital form below!

Please e-mail me with any questions about the ensemble,

Mrs. Kennedy (
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Autism Walk 2021

Thank you so much for your support with Autism Awareness here at Parsons ES. We raised $559.78 with your support this year. There is still time to make donations online using the link below. Look for "Team Parsons" when making your donations. Please follow these steps when donating:

1. Click on Walk - click on Find Your Walk - enter this zip code 30034

2. Click on Atlanta Walk - register

3. Click on Donate - and enter the name "Kate Osemwengie". Then click on "search for participate"

4. Click on my name and enter "Parsons" for the team name

5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Kate Osemwengie" to donate.

We have 32 days until our Annual Autism Walk this year. It will be held on 10/10/2021, at Atlantic Station (Pinnacle Lot) 1371 Market Street, Atlanta, GA 30363.

Please try to register to join our team before the walk. We are planning to leave our school parking lot on 10/10/21, at 8 AM. The opening ceremonies begin at 9:00 AM. The walk starts at 9:30 AM and should conclude before noon.

Due to COVID-19, we will maintain safety precautions by wearing a mask if you would like to carpool. You're welcome to drive downtown as well. Don't forget to wear your Autism t-shirt to show your support. Please let me know if you're planning to join us for the Walk. Hope you can join us this year. Come and experience a fun and relaxing atmosphere.

Thank you,

Pre-K Team

Schoolwide Reading Program

We are so excited that our Schoolwide Reading Program began on September 1st and will continue through March 31st. Please see the attached parent letter for more details. Your student can also visit the Parsons ES Media Center eCLASS page for a how-to video. Students will access Biblionasium through their student portal via the Media Catalog. We hope all our students will participate, complete the program, and receive the reading reward in May!
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Parsons on Social Media

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Monday, September 20, 2021

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Constitution Week
  • 7:30 am ~ Readers Rally

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • CogAT Testing Grades 1, 2 & 5
  • International Day of Peace
  • Sukkot (Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles - Jewish)
  • 3:30 pm ~ Korean Language/Homework Help

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  • CogAT Testing Grades 1 & 2
  • First Day of Autumn

Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • CogAT Testing Grades 1 & 2
  • 3:30 pm ~ i9 Sports (Gym)
  • 3:30 pm ~ Korean Language/Homework Help After School Club

Friday, September 24, 2021

  • Staff Goody Day ~ 4th and 5th Grade Parents to provide healthy snacks for staff
  • 10:00 am ~ Local School Council Meeting

Reminder: We do not sell ice cream schoolwide on testing days, so next Friday will be the only day next week for ice cream sales.

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PTA Happenings

Thank you to all the amazing families who donated to the fundraiser! Now we have so many great events and programs coming for all the students at Parsons. We reached our goal! Thank you!

Friday, September 24 is Staff Goody Day. 4th & 5th grade families are asked to please send in a small package of individually wrapped snacks, granola bars, chips, treats, fruit or cookies. Please label any items with nuts. The PTA will collect these items at the car rider line and the bus rider doors in the morning. Then your PTA parents will put the items in the staff lounge for a nice treat for all teachers and staff to enjoy!

Reflections Competition helps children think about the statement "I Will Change the World By..." and express themselves with music, photography, dance, literature, art or film production. You can simply record a short video of your child, and submit it by e-mail to:

Thank you all for your amazing support!

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